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The Least Reliable Compact SUVs of 2020 According To Consumer Reports

For 2020, you have your pick of dynamic compact SUVs that are both fun and reliable. Still, a few compact SUVs miss the mark. According to Consumer Reports, we’ve gathered a list of 2020 compact SUVs with the lowest predicted reliability ratings.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan 

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan | Volkswagen
2020 Volkswagen Tiguan | Volkswagen

Consumer Reports’ predicted reliability ratings demonstrate how vehicles are likely to hold up over time and indicate resale value. With these factors in mind, CR ranked the 2020 VW Tiguan as the least reliable, compact SUV in the class. The Tiguan has checkered past when it comes to dependability. There were three NHTSA safety recalls on the 2019 model and ten on the 2018 version.

Common trouble spots on the Tiguan include its power equipment and in-car electronics. But this VW isn’t all bad. The Tiguan did well in CR’s road test and got an 84 out of 100. This SUV feels secure on the track and has better handling than some of its rivals. Although, the Tiguan is more of a standout because of its car cabin, not because of its performance. Its seats are plenty comfortable, and it comes with a neat list of infotainment features. 

2020 Jeep Cherokee 

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee parked near beach
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee | Jeep

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The Jeep Cherokee  is a compact SUV that impresses with its off-roading capability, but it’s not a shining star when it comes to reliability. The NHTSA recalled the 2019 version nine times for issues concerning its steering control and seats. Furthermore, CR doesn’t have many nice things to say about this 2020 Jeep at all. In its road test, the Cherokee noticeably has an “uncooperative” transmission and ride stiffness. 

For the best driving experience the Cherokee has to offer, you will want to pick its available 271-horsepower 3.2-liter V6 engine, which is the most capable option. Its base four-cylinder feels too slow, and the optional turbo-four comes at a higher price tag. The Cherokee is also recognized as the most comfortable Jeep for your everyday drive because of its spacious cabin. But other models in the class have more superior interiors. 

2020 Ford Escape 

2020 Ford Escape parked in dessert sand
2020 Ford Escape | Ford

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CR also gave the 2020 Escape a below-average score for reliability. Even so, the Escape has more highs than lows, especially compared to the other models on this list. The Escape provides sporty handling, making it one of the most enjoyable options to drive.The Escape comes with a turbocharged EcoBoost three-cylinder engine that creates 180- horsepower. This three-cylinder is capable and reasonably efficient, but CR feels as though it vibrates too much.

Because of the excess vibrations, CR prefers the optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 250-hp. And if fuel-efficiency is among your top priorities, the Escape Hybrid is worth considering; it gets an overall 34 mpg. While the Escape performs well overall, its interior prevents it from competing in the same league as the Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4. The Escape’s cabin is nicely decorated, but its plastic material feels cheap, and its seats lack support.